HOW TO MAKE DIY DOLL HEAD PLANTERS OUT OF CHEAP THRIFT STORE DOLL HEADS | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi sweet SI family, I have a super fun DIY for you today! You won’t believe how authentic these DIY Doll Head Planters turned out! Perfect for styling your painted furniture or decorating your home. And I’ll bet it’s going to put a BIG smile on your face and bring you back to more innocent days as well!
Here’s what I started with. Three thrift store doll heads selling for $3-5 each. Did you ever play with these dolls? I LOVED playing with these doll heads when I was a kid! I would spend hours creating different hairstyles and always wanted to pretend I was a hairstylist and give them a good haircut as well. hehe
Well, I finally got to do it as you’ll see below, hehe! They started out as sweet-looking dolls and turned into ancient clay head planters using an EASY faux painting technique.
Even I’m impressed with how easy this was to do and how R*E*A*L this clay/concrete finish looks!
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DIY DOLL HEAD PLANTERS
Here’s how it all came together…
I started by removing all the doll’s accessories including the clothing, and necklace, and for the one doll, I removed the excess plastic base.
CUT HAIR SHORT
Okay, here’s a childhood play fantasy come true, lol! Once the dolls were stripped down of their accessories, I took a pair of scissors and cut their hair short.
Including the eyelashes!
To create the vessel for the plants to sit in, you remove the top of the head. I felt a little creepy doing it…lol. Nick had come in from cutting the bushes, so I asked him to cut the top of the heads off. Even though he would never admit it, I think he had a little fun doing this! 😉 He started with a hand saw.
REMOVE REMAINING HAIR
Removing the remaining hair is easy once you have access to the inside of the head. It’s EASY but it’s time-consuming. I can’t believe how WELL they construct these doll heads so little girls can’t pull the hair out! It took me almost an hour to remove the hair from these three doll heads! I used small scissors to loosen and release the weave on the inside.
Then once the weave is loose, the hair can be pulled out easily.
PAINT BASE COAT W TEXTURE
To create the faux clay finish, I used three base colors and this DB Sea Spray Texture Additive.
DB Chalk Mineral Paints come in 4oz sizes now which would be perfect for small DIY projects like this! (not shown below… these are 32 oz)
I varied the texture for each doll’s head as well. The largest doll head has the most texture, the middle-sized doll head a little less, and the smallest doll head has the very least texture.
I’m curious to hear which one YOU like looks of the best!
PAINT FAUX FINISH
To paint the faux clay finish goes super fast! I dipped my brush into a little paint and dabbed it onto the face and head randomly. Then taking a damp shop towel, I dabbed the wet paint and blended it in. I kept doing this with the three colors until I was happy with the look.
Once these were all dry, all there was left to do was add a gorgeous plant!
Aren’t they beautiful?!? And check out all this texture!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily has hit 14.2K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at the before and after!
Thanks for joining me today. I’ll have a full Youtube Video Tutorial for this makeover up and published this coming Saturday.
I’d love to hear what you think of these faux clay doll head planters and which one YOU LIKE BEST!
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day and Happy Painting friends!
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